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application of the requirement that officers of the Assembly be accountable to the Speaker for the financial management of their offices could create a perception of a reduction in independence. To overcome this concern, the bill will make the officers of the Assembly directly responsible to the Assembly for their fulfilment of the requirements of parts 2 to 5 of the Financial Management Act.

The bill will commence on the same day as the Officers of the Assembly Act that was passed last year and will mean that the current inconsistencies are resolved prior to the commencement of the act and, hopefully, ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements for officers of the Assembly.

Members, these minor changes come about because of inconsistencies arising from the previous act. This bill resolves these issues and improves arrangements to ensure that we have a very strong framework for the office holders themselves as well as Assembly committees and the Assembly collectively to work within. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement informing the Assembly of statutory appointments considered by the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety for the period 1 July to 31 December 2013. In that period, the committee considered 44 statutory appointments proposed by the Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, as shown in the schedule 1 table today. For all of these, the committee considered the proposed statutory appointments and made no further recommendation as far as the appointments were concerned.

However, the committee has asked for further information regarding statutory appointments. It hopes that more information can be provided about the positions and bodies to which the appointments are made and the selection process. This would place the committee in a better position to consider the appointments with all relevant information on hand. In the committee’s view, this would be a positive step in the important business of committees being consulted on statutory appointments.

I present the following paper:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee—Schedule of Statutory Appointments—8th Assembly—Period 1 July to 31 December 2013.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and

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